• July 24, 2017

    PacTrans to Sponsor OSU Hosted 2017 National Student Steel Bridge Competition

    PacTrans consortium partner Oregon State University will be hosting the upcoming 2017 ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC), May 26-27, 2017, in Corvallis, Oregon. PacTrans is sponsoring this event. The event, which began in the 1980s as a competition between three universities, is a cooperative effort between the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In advance of the national event, 18 ASCE student chapters host conference competitions with approximately 200 schools from throughout North America participating. The top teams from the conference competitions advance to the national competition.

    This national competition provides students with: design and management experience, the opportunity to learn fabrication processes, and the excitement of networking with and competing against teams from other colleges and universities.

    At the NSSBC, student teams erect and test bridges that they have designed and fabricated to meet client specifications while optimizing performance and economy. Steel Bridge teams compete to be the best in aesthetics, lightness, stiffness, construction speed, construction economy, and structural efficiency. As the national host school, Oregon State students will lead the event planning and work with faculty advisors on fundraising, recruitment of judges, publicity, facilities and contracts, program, technical set-up, registration, and volunteer coordination.